BulletinGold #208
May
2019  
Vol 19 #5 

May 2019                         BG# 208                         Vol. 18 No. 05
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In this issue ...

 Mothers Who Made A Difference By Joe Chesser

 The Seven “I AM” Statements of Jesus in John
By David R. Ferguson

 God's Warning
By Rob Albright

 The Church
By Travis Robertson

 Putting Forth the Effort
By Alan Smith

 Children’s Games
By A. C. Quinn

 Coincidence vs. Providence
By Adam Faughn

 “We Don't Study the Bible"
By Bill Brandstatter

 Can You See?
By Donna Wittlif

 5 Dangers of Missing Church
By Jeff Arnette

 Who Will Be Saved!
By Kevin V. Rutherford

 Shaped by the Master
By David A. Sargent

Mothers Who Made A Difference
By Joe Chesser
 
    The importance of godly mothers can never be overstated. Mothers are precious and invaluable. The service they give to the Lord by raising God-fearing children is well documented in scripture. In this article I want to point out a few who truly made a difference in this world simply by being faithful to their calling as mothers. Their example has affected generation after generation.
    The story of Jochebed in Exodus 2 is the story of a protective mother. Despite the decree of Pharaoh,  the king of Egypt, that all Hebrew boys be killed at birth, Jochebed protected her son by hiding him for a while, and then setting him afloat in a papyrus basket on the Nile. By God’s providence Pharaoh’s daughter found him and arranged for Jochebed, his mother, to become his nurse. This world is not the same today because of the protection and training Jochebed gave to her son Moses. Whether or not your son becomes a Moses is not important. What is important is the example of a mother doing what she could to protect her son so that God can use him when and how He chooses.
    In 2 Timothy 1:5 is found a single statement that speaks volumes. It tells us that the great faith that was in Timothy was first in his grandmother Lois and then in his mother Eunice. Each of these mothers believed deeply in God and passed that belief on to their children. It further states (3:15) that from infancy Timothy had been taught the scriptures. These godly mothers not only taught their children the word of God, they demonstrated it through their sincere faith. Though they could not be preachers themselves, they helped train one that impacted the world.
    Death by crucifixion was the punishment for condemned criminals to not only make them suffer physically, but to humiliate them as well. While most people mocked and jeered at those crucified, near the foot of Jesus’ cross was a handful of women who were loyal to Him. This small support group included Jesus’ mother and an aunt (John 19:25). It is commendable for mothers to be supportive of their children, even when circumstances are embarrassing or extreme. Moms don’t give up on their children.  Jesus rewarded the loyalty of his mother by asking John to take her into His care (19:27).
    On this Mother’s Day, it is appropriate to show special appreciation for our mothers, especially for those of us whose mothers are godly and faithful, mothers who are making a difference in this world one child as a time. May we be reminded on this very special day to follow God’s command to honor our mothers!

- Joe Chesser preaches for the Fruitland Church of Christ, Fruitland, MO.  He may be contacted at joeandareva@yahoo.com
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The Seven “I AM” Statements of Jesus in John
By David R. Ferguson

    Of all the accounts of the life and ministry of Jesus Christ, the Gospel of John arguably provides the most evidence of His Divine nature, and probably none more so than the seven “I AM” statements Jesus makes about Himself. Each of these seven declarations gives insight into the Godly character of Jesus as the Son of God. Each of these statements declare for anyone with ears to hear and with eyes to see that Jesus was... no mere Prophet of God, He was literally what His prophesied title of Immanuel meant: He was “God with Us” (Matthew 1:23).
  1. “I AM the Bread of life” (John 6:35 [RSV]). Jesus was the Manna from God, but He also is the Living Word that sustains mankind (Deuteronomy 8:3; John 1:1).
  2. “I AM the Light of the world” (John 8:12 [RSV]). “God is Light and in Him is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5 [RSV]). Can it be any clearer Who Jesus is?
  3. “I AM the Door” (John 10:9 [RSV]). Jesus is the passage to the Father that all must pass through for salvation from their sins.
  4. “I AM the Good Shepherd” (John 10:11 [RSV]). “The Lord is my Shepherd” wrote David in Psalm 23:1. Jesus is that Lord!
  5. “I AM the Resurrection and the Life” (John 11:25 [RSV]). Only those in Christ will be resurrected to eternal life, something only God can bestow.
  6. “I AM the Way, and the Truth, and the Life” (John 14:6 [RSV]). Jesus, and only Jesus, is the pathway to the eternal truth of God and life in Him.
  7. “I AM the True Vine” (John 15:1 [RSV]). Any other vine is false and will lead to utter and eternal destruction from God’s Presence.
Perhaps the most compelling statement of His Divinity came when Jesus forthrightly declared in John 8:58 [RSV], “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.” Anyone could make such a claim, but only Jesus could back it up. The miracles He performed culminating in His resurrection proved He was, indeed, Divine. Jesus was and is the Living God Who took on human flesh!
    May the Living God bless you and your family!

- David R. Ferguson preaches for the Lakeland Church of Christ in Mattoon, IL.  He may be contacted through the congregation's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/lakelandchurchofchrist/ or davidferguson61@yahoo.com
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God's Warning
By Rob Albright

    Hebrews 6:4-8 teaches that it is possible to fall away from God’s favor (Gal. 5:4). It is possible to become unfaithful to God and His right ways. The Hebrew writer warns us that we can be led astray. Those earlier Christians were led away from Jesus and back to the old law. Some had already fallen and placed themselves beyond redemption because they would not repent and turn back to Jesus.
   The fact is….
.…they were enlightened
.…they tasted the heavenly gift
.…they were partakers of the Holy Spirit
.….they tasted the good word of God 
.....and still turned their back on Jesus.
Even though God provides a way back for penitent people (Gal. 6:1; 1 John 1:7-9; Acts 8:22), many remain in a lost condition because they refuse to comply with God’s plan.
    Yes, we have to be on guard. We cannot assume that we are so strong and Satan cannot overcome us. Just because we have obeyed the gospel and have salvation from past sins, doesn’t mean we cannot fall away from the Lord. We must not only obey the gospel, but also live faithfully (Rev. 2:10).

- Rob Albright serves as one of the ministers at the Northwest Church of Christ in Greensboro, NC. He may be contacted through the congregation's website: http://www.nwchurchofchrist.com/ Rob also serves on the board of directors of the Carolina Messenger. Please visit their website at: https://carolinamessenger.wordpress.com/
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The Church
By Travis Robertson

And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved” Acts 2:47 KJV.
    What is the church? What is your concept of the church?
    Notice that our verse says that the Lord added the saved people to the church. Many people do not appreciate the church. Others have the wrong idea about the church. See if the statements below match your understanding of the church. I do not know who wrote the information, but it has a good description of the church. I added the scripture references.
  • The church is not made up of people who believe they are better than others, but rather it is made up of those who realize they should be better than they are, and must continually strive to do better. 1 Thessalonians 4:1
  • The church is not made up of perfect people, but people who realize they are following a perfect Lord and a perfect law and therefore must do the very best they can to follow it. Romans 3:23, 24
  • The church is not made up of people who never make mistakes, but those who often acknowledge their mistakes and then forsake them. Never must we seek to justify the same mistakes that we make over and over again. Romans 7:14 – 8:1; Romans 6:1-7
  • The church is not trying to withdraw from everyone, but rather to draw everyone into its fellowship and love so that all can walk in the light were God the Father and the Christ are found. 1 John 1:5-10.
    Think about the church this week and study the scriptures concerning the church. Consider what you can do to encourage and build up the church of the living God.

- Travis Robertson preachers for the Lake Norman Church of Christ in Huntersville, NC. He may be contacted through the congregation's website at http://lakenormancoc.org/
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Putting Forth the Effort
By Alan Smith

    An instructor was sitting in his office one afternoon when an attractive, very attractive lady knocked on his door.
    "Yes?", he replied, "how may I help you?"
    The lady said "I need to talk to you about my grade in your class."
    "Come in and have a seat," said the instructor.
    "Is there anything I can do to get an 'A' in your class?"
    "What do you mean by anything?" he replied.
    "Anything," she said.
    "Anything?" he asked again.
    She said, in her best sultry voice, "I mean anything."
    The instructor got up from behind his desk, sat down beside her and whispered in her ear, "Would you study?"
    There are many goals that we want to achieve -- better grades, lower weight, a place on an athletic team, success in business, greater Bible knowledge, a closer relationship with God. The question is, "Are we willing the put forth the necessary effort to achieve our goals? Are we truly willing to do anything?"
    I heard once about a Christian who approached a great man of God (I believe it was Gus Nichols) and said, "I'd give my life to know the Bible as well as you do." His reply was, "That's what it took." We want the end result, but we often don't want to put forth the effort to achieve that result.
    Paul exhorted the young man Timothy with these words:  "Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." (2 Timothy 2:15)
    The word "diligence" suggests a great deal of effort and dedication on our part. May God grant you the strength to accomplish your goals as you supply the diligence.
    Have a great day!

- Alan Smith, minister for the Cruciform Church of Christ in Spring Lake, North Carolina, may be contacted at alansmith.servant@gmail.com or through the congregation's website: http://www.cruciformcoc.com/
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Children’s Games
By A. C. Quinn

    Among the games children play, especially when they are desperately attempting to escape the retribution of parents or others in authority, is the blame game. The object of this game is for the child to somehow place the responsibility for his unacceptable words or deeds on someone else, freeing himself from whatever the consequences may be. “He did it,” or “She did it” are the oft heard refrains.
    Tragically, it is not just children who play the blame game. Many adults play it. It is so sad but true, too many members of the church play the same childish game in a feeble attempt to dodge their duties and obligations to the Lord’s church where they worship.
    Some church members who do not attend services regularly blame their spasmodic attendance on hypocrites. They cannot bear sitting beside a hypocrite in the house of worship, and truly, the church does have its hypocrites. One has to wonder, however, about the sincerity of this rational, and when he does, he will ask some serious questions: “Are there no hypocrites in the restaurants and other retail businesses folks frequently patronize?” “Do hypocrites not attend sporting events--baseball, football, soccer, etc?”
It would appear that one so repulsed by hypocrites in the church would be equally repulsed by them at other events, but that appears not to be the case at all.
    Christians should be disgusted with hypocrites, but they should not allow them to become the stumbling block which hinders them from doing their duty. In fact, all should realize that hell will have a sizeable population of hypocrites, and there will not be any special seating arrangements for the self-righteous who want to avoid them.

- A. C. Quinn preaches for the West Main Church of Christ in Wolfe City, Texas. He may be contacted at acuen30@gmail.com
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Coincidence vs. Providence
By Adam Faughn

    There are some stories in history that just make you shake your head at the amazing level of coincidence that happens. For example, Abraham Lincoln’s son, Robert Lincoln, was present, as you might expect, when his father died from the wounds he sustained by an assassin's bullet. However, it is merely coincidence that Robert Lincoln was also in the larger crowd when President James Garfield was shot several years later. Garfield would die from the wounds about two months later.
    Even more amazing is that Robert Lincoln was also on his way to meet President William McKinley when he was assassinated in 1901. Lincoln was actually in the same town and on his way to meet the president when the assassination occurred.
    We are often amazed at these times of coincidence, and they are amazing. We must ask, though, is everything that happens in our life merely coincidence? Are we just living and having events happen in our lives solely by mere chance?
    For the Christian, we understand that some things in life “just happen.” On the other hand, we also know that God is still working in this world through providence. Providence is the manner in which God works through the natural forces of this world in order to bring about His will. It is often silent in the moment, but, when we look back on something, we often see God’s providential hand all over certain events that “just happened” to work out.
    Paul, when he wrote to Philemon, tried to explain why the slave Onesimus ran away and ended up where Paul was in Rome. In Philemon 15, the apostle wrote, “For this perhaps is why he was parted from you for a while, that you might have him back forever” (emphasis added). Whether God worked this out through providence or whether it was mere coincidence was not specifically revealed to Paul, even by inspiration, but Paul seemed to indicate that he believed it was more than happenstance.
    When we realize that “for those who love God all things work together for good” (Romans 8:28), and that God does not work via miracles any longer (see 1 Corinthians 12-14), do we take the time to thank and praise Him for those “perhaps” moments in our lives? They will be times of good and comfort, of joy and healing, of amazement and peace, though we may not realize His hand at work in those things until after the fact. Still, for each of them, may we give Him the glory.

- Adam Faughn preaches for the Central Church of Christ in Paducah KY. He may be contacted through the congregation's website: http://www.centralchurchofchrist.org
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“We Don't Study the Bible"
By Bill Brandstatter

    In a Bible study a few years ago, a lady made a startling revelation to me. She mentioned the name of the group she was associated with; then she said, “We don’t study the Bible.” She then admitted they needed to study it more. When another lady in the class asked her if she had a Bible, again it was affirmed that she didn’t study the Bible. The first lady did stay for our class and did study with us. She was right in saying her group needed to study the Bible more.
    The Bible is God speaking to us. Paul indicated, “All scripture is given by the inspiration of God.” (2 Tim. 3:16) Peter acknowledged that “Holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.” (2 Pet. 1:21) God speaks from His Word. God speaks to us by His Son. (Heb. 1:2) Are you listening?
    The Bible is a lamp and a light. (Ps. 119:105) The Bible can help us to better understand life and its difficulties. It can also provide us with all that we need to face temptation and all that this world throws at us. Paul advises that we “put on the whole armor of God.” (Eph. 6:11) Without the Bible in our lives, Satan cannot be resisted effectively.
    The Bible is man’s source for the future. I don’t know what the future holds, but I know I have a future and I know it is in God’s hands. After death, every person has a future. The Bible says, “It is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment.” (Heb. 9:27 NKJV) That future involves eternity. Jesus said the future is either everlasting punishment or eternal life. (Matt. 25:46) Where I spend eternity depends on what I do now. The words of Jesus and our obedience to them will be the determining factor in judgment. (Jno.12:48; Heb. 5:8, 9)
    The Bible is our source for the right equipment in life. Paul wrote that through the Scriptures, “the man of God may be “complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Tim. 3:17 NKJV) Man cannot provide the equipment that the Bible does. How equipped are we to handle tragedy in our lives? Remember, Paul stated, “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Rom. 10:17). Without the Bible I would not have the faith I need to get through this life or get to eternity.
    Do you need to study the Bible more? Think about what the lady said at a recent Bible study. God will bless us and heaven can be our home if we “receive with meekness the implanted word which is able to save your souls.” (James 1:21)

- Bill Brandstatter preaches for the Marion Church of Christ in Marion, IL. He may be contacted through the congregation's website: http://marionchurchofchrist.com/
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Can You See?
By Donna Wittlif

"And the God of all grace, who called you unto his eternal glory in Christ, after that ye have suffered a little while, shall himself perfect, establish, strengthen you" (1 Peter 5:10, ASV).
    She was ninety years old and feeble, shut up in a nursing home. Angry and bitter, she had few friends there. Yes, family and church members came to see her, but she didn't enjoy their visits. Although she had served God faithfully, He had forsaken her. At least she thought He had forsaken her, but in her anger and disappointment, she had forsaken Him. She had gone blind, and to her, it was all God's fault.
    No, she couldn't see. She couldn't look back and see all the times God had blessed her. He had given her a Christian husband, children, and the needed material things for her life.
    She didn't remember that God had blessed her with all spiritual blessings. Through Jesus she had forgiveness of sins, and therefore, could be free from guilt. She could claim the righteousness of Jesus for her own and stand before God. She had God's care and comfort during her life. If only she could look back and remember all these things.
    But most sadly, she couldn't look forward with hope to sharing in Christ's glory with God. Surely it would be only a few short years before she would have a new body free from pain. Her new eyes would behold the things that God had prepared for her. Since she had forsaken God, she would never know the glories and wonders of God in heaven, things so wonderful that no one can even imagine them.
    Can you see the blessings of God in your life? Can you see His wonderful promises through faith? May you never lose that hope.

- Donna Wittlif, the founder and first editor of BulletinGold, lives in Denver, CO. Donna is also a writer of fiction. Her novels, World Eternal: Promises and World Eternal: Proselytes, and World Eternal: Perils, and her newest book, Finding Her Heart,  are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other book outlets. For more information visit her website. http://www.donnarwittlif.com/
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5 Dangers of Missing Church
By Jeff Arnette


    I read an article on the website churchleaders.com with this same title and I wanted to share some of the main ideas with you. You can follow the link above for the full article.
    In the article, the author spoke about the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) and attendance trends. He said that the SBC had a membership of 16 million members but on any given Sunday, only 6 million attend a church service. I must agree with the author that this is extremely discouraging and a dangerous statistic. Yet, on the other hand, it’s encouraging to hear that we’re not the only one struggling with attendance problems. Just like the SBC, on any given Sunday, there are more church members absent than are present.
    This is discouraging and disheartening for those who are trying to grow personally, spiritually and see the Lord's church grow. It is also discouraging and disheartening for the various Sunday School Teachers who have put in a lot of time and effort to prepare to teach a class only to show up and more than half of their students are not there. More importantly, this is dangerous for your faith and those we are trying to teach to be faithful Christians. Every time you choose to stay home or do something else, you are teaching all of us a powerful lesson that is hard to forget. The lesson is clear: Church, Faith, and Jesus are not that important. It is also an extremely dangerous situation for you! When you don’t come to church services you are placing your own soul and salvation in a very precarious position.
    When you miss church, you miss out on God’s primary plan for your growth and well-being. The church is not an afterthought or a mistake! It is God’s plan that is meant to support and help you grow. The preaching and teaching of God’s word in this group setting motivate each of us to strive for Christ-likeness.
    When you miss church, you are disobeying God. Assembling with the church is not optional nor is it subject to your whims. Hebrews 10:24-25 teaches us to avoid neglecting the public assembly of the church. At the very least, you need to understand that this is the will of God for you.
    When you miss church, you proclaim that Jesus is not worthy of worship. Where we spend our time reveals the things, we truly value. If you miss church to sleep in or attend a sporting event, it says that thing is more important than Jesus. Don’t ever forget that it teaches your family (children included) that it’s not worth the effort. Do you want to see your friends and family saved? Teach them by your example!
    When you miss church, you can’t serve anyone else. Too often we think of the church as a place to have our needs met. Therefore, if my needs are not being met, I can stay home. The problem with this is serious. It makes church all about you. It is selfish, individualistic, and misses the heart of Jesus. Jesus was a servant (Matt. 20:28) and He expects you to be as well.
    Lastly, when you miss church, you miss out on a foretaste of heaven itself. Revelation 22:3 tells us that heaven will be worship. Do you realize that this means that heaven is going to be like church? An eternity spent worshiping our Lord. With that said, if you don’t do it here nor like it, why would you think you will get to do it in heaven.
    Don’t allow the church, Bible study, worship, and fellowship, to become something you miss because it just might cause you to miss out on everything, even heaven itself.

- Jeff Arnette preaches for the Central Haywood church of Christ, Clyde, NC. He may be contacted through the congregation's website: https://centralhaywoodcoc.com/
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Who Will Be Saved!
By Kevin V. Rutherford
 
    Should Christians desire that all people be saved? Absolutely! God does (1 Timothy 2:4; 2 Peter 3:9). We should strongly, deeply, and dearly love God with every aspect of our being (Mark 12:30). We must love our wonderful brothers and sisters in Christ with an abiding, longsuffering, and sacrificial love (1 Corinthians 13; 1 John 3:10-5:3). In fact, we must love all people (Mark 12:31)! We want all people to be saved, because we love all people, even as God loves all people (John 3:14-21; 1 John 3:16; Romans 5:8-11).  
     Will all people be saved? Sadly, no. The love, care, and compassion we have for others can bring grief and heaviness to our hearts as we contemplate the fact that there are some individuals who are not going to be saved (Matthew 7:13-14). We do not rejoice in this. God does not rejoice in this (Ezekiel 18:29-32). But universalism is not true. That is, God will not save everyone. Everyone has the opportunity for salvation (John 3:16; 1 Timothy 2:4; 2 Peter 3:9; Acts 10:34-35; Titus 2:11; Romans 1:16-17). But not all will choose to call upon God for salvation (Joshua 24:15; Acts 13:46; Romans 10; Acts 2:21-41; Matthew 7:13-29).
     What then is the standard by which it can be determined who is going to be saved? Is it the doctrines and commandments of men? Absolutely not (Matthew 15:1-9)! Is it one’s opinions and gut feelings? Most assuredly, no (Jeremiah 7:23-24; 10:23; 11:8; 13:9-10)! The Word of God, the Holy Scriptures, the Divinely Inspired Bible is the standard of authority which identifies who will be saved and who will be lost (1 Timothy 4:1-6; 2 Timothy 2:14-4:5; 2 Thessalonians 1:3-12; 1 Corinthians 1-3; Romans 2:1-16). It is this God given standard that tells us those who do the will of the Father in heaven will be saved, and those who will not do what God says will be lost (Matthew 7:21-27).
     There can be no doubt that God is the judge! He will judge the world through His Son someday (Acts 17:31), and the truth will be the standard by which His Son will judge the world (Acts 17:30; John 17:17; John 8:31-36; 1 Peter 1:13-25; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; John 12:44-50). Ignorance of the Word of God will be no excuse (Acts 17:30; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9). The Bible is the standard by which one can determine who is going to be saved and who is going to be lost. Therefore, one’s opinions or doctrines that originate with men rather than God have absolutely zero authority (Acts 5:29; 2 Peter 1:16-21; Matthew 15:9). In fact the doctrines of men, the personal feelings of people, and the current cultural climate are standards which will cause people to be lost (Romans 16:17-18; 1 Timothy 1:3-4; 2 Timothy 2:14-18; Titus 1:9-16; Galatians 1:6-10).    

- Kevin V. Rutherford preaches for the Warners Chapel church of Christ in Clemmons, NC. He may be contacted through the congregation's website: http://warnerschapelchurchofchrist.org/
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Shaped by the Master
By David A. Sargent

    Cubby Sellers recently described some projects that he enjoyed with his dear friend, Elton Love: “I went with Elton a few times to cut some wood. Most people would think that we were cutting firewood. But with Elton, after the tree was cut down, he would look at the end of the log to see how the grain of the wood looked. Then he would measure the length he wanted, make a mark, and we would cut it again. Then he checked the grain again at the both ends, made his mark, and cut it so as to split the log length-wise. We would repeat this process until we had all the wood he needed.
    "Later he would take a piece of that wood, place it onto his wood turning lathe, and work with it for some time. All the while, woodchips and sawdust would be flying all around him. And then as if some magic had happened, he would have a beautiful hand-turned wooden bowl. The wood grain was clearly in view and stood out beautifully. Then I understood why Elton had looked at the end of that log and made the decision about which way to make to cut to split the log.
    "Elton taught me how to take a plain old piece of firewood and turn it into something beautiful, a piece of hand-turned wooden art. Those were some good times that we shared together and the woodturnings that we made are artworks that I will cherish forever.”
    Notice again Cubby’s statement: “Elton taught me how to take a plain old piece of firewood and turn it into something beautiful, a piece of hand-turned wooden art.”
    I love that statement. I love it because it reveals one of Elton’s incredible talents. I also love it because it reminds me of the Master Carpenter, Jesus Himself.
    Jesus was the son of a carpenter and likely was taught the trade by His earthly father, Joseph. Think about how, like Elton, Jesus would have been taught to look at a piece of wood and “turn it into something beautiful, a piece of hand-turned wooden art.” What houses did Jesus help build? What types of furniture, perhaps?
    But it was PEOPLE in which Jesus was most interested. He could look at a person and see what he or she could become with His skillful hands.
    Here’s an example: when Andrew brought his brother, Simon, to Jesus, Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon the son of Jonah. You shall be called Cephas (which is translated, A Stone)” (John 1:42). “Jesus looked at him” – and He saw what Simon was, what He would do – including the blunders he would make – but also what He could make of Him. Jesus saw that He would make Him into a “Rock” in the kingdom, a powerful proclaimer of the Gospel, the Good News (see Acts 2).
    Jesus took “an old piece of firewood” and made it into a wonderful piece of art. He did that for Peter. He wants to do that in each of our lives. And He will, if we will only submit ourselves to Him in obedience to His will. He will conform us into His own image (Romans 8:29). That is the greatest Image of all.
    Jesus died on the cross to save us from our sins. Now, He lives to mold us into His image (2 Corinthians 3:18).
    God will save and give eternal life to those who place their faith and trust in Jesus (Acts 16:30-31), turn from their sins in repentance (Acts 17:30-31), confess Jesus before men (Romans 10:9-10), and are baptized (immersed) into Christ for the forgiveness of sins (Acts 2:38). He will continue to cleanse from sin and mold the lives of those who continue to submit to His will (1 John 1:7-9).
    Won’t YOU submit your life to the hands of the Master Carpenter so that He can save you and mold you more and more into His image?

- David A. Sargent, minister for the Church of Christ at Creekwood in Mobile, Alabama, is also the editor of an electronic devotional entitled "Living Water."  To learn more about this excellent resource contact David via their website: http://www.creekwoodcc.org

P.S.  In loving memory of my friend and brother in the Lord, Elton E. Love. I love the work that Christ did in his life.
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